LaunchPad and NYS STLC offer tech commercialization office hours

The Blackstone LaunchPad is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the NYS Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC), an Empire State Development/NYSTAR-sponsored resource available to New York State entities working on commercializing new technologies. The NYS STLC operates through the Technology Commercialization Law Program  at the Syracuse University College of Law.

Do you have questions about patents and how to tell if a technology is likely to meet new, non-obvious, and patentable subject matter patent requirements?  College of Law students from the NYS STLC program will hold office hours at the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library to discuss patent searching strategies and assist with conducting a patent search. Patent searches are also helpful for determining competitors in a technical area. Assistance will be at no charge to SU students on a first come, first served basis or by appointment by e-mailing

LaunchPad tech commercialization office hours will be:

  • Wednesday, February 28, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, March 6, 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 4, 10 a.m.– noon
  • Tuesday, April 10, 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Office hours will rotate with Jennifer Hicks, Lindsey Round, Xiang Tony Qi, and Tom Carlon.  Please note that this service is not a substitute for IP patent counsel.

From market landscapes to intellectual property protection to licensing options and potential funding sources, NYS STLC has helped scores of companies and institutions make their technology vision become a commercial reality. If you are a company or institution focused on bringing new technology to market, the NYS STLC is here to assist and guide you.  The NYS STLC does not file for or prosecute patents.  The program does not provide legal advice or opinions and does not otherwise compete with IP law firms.

Thrive Together Fair celebrates Syracuse’s cultural diversity

Thrive at SU, a registered student organization based in the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library, is hosting its second annual Thrive Together Fair on Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium at the Schine Student Center. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now at the Schine Box Office and online at A $10 ticket option includes $3 that is donated directly into the transportation fees for New American families attending the event.

Hosted by Student Association president James Franco and vice president Angie Pati, the Thrive Together Fair is an interactive event that features performances and speakers from campus and community, in a celebration of cultural diversity. The event will feature Olive Sephuma, director of the Center for New Americans, and Nada Odeh, an SU graduate student from Syria. A variety of cuisines from around the world will be available.

Thrive at SU is the student organization affiliate of Thrive Projects, a nonprofit that works with underserved and vulnerable communities around the world. The organization works to bridge the gap between the SU student body and the local Syracuse community by collaborating with local nonprofits that serve marginalized communities in Syracuse.

Each year, Thrive at SU partners with a nonprofit to raise awareness for the organization’s mission and work. This year, Thrive at SU is again working with InterFaith Works and its Center for New Americans, which provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities. All proceeds from the 2018 Thrive Together Fair will be donated to InterFaith Works.

“Thrive at SU firmly believes that the strength of Syracuse is rooted in both its diversity and sense of togetherness,” said Thrive at SU president Amanda Chou. “Thrive at SU recognizes the important role that refugees play in the community and hopes this event will serve as a reminder that we are at our best when we face times of struggle together.”

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. If you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Amanda Chou at

Syracuse’s InVenture prize winners, Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19 and Kayla Simon ’19 of In-Spire, advance to ACC finals

Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19 and Kayla Simon ’19 will represent Syracuse University at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize Competition on April 5-6 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Co-founders of In-Spire, a patent-pending bracelet that can work as a wearable asthma inhaler, they were selected as the top team from among eight finalists in a campus qualifier held on February 16.

The competition was coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries. The teams pitched novel ideas for products, services, and technologies to a panel of judges with expertise in law, finance, marketing, design, product development, and social enterprise.

Tarangelo and Simon, College of Engineering and Computer Science majors, also took first place at the 2017 Invent@SU competition in New York City, and won the 2017 Impact Prize Competition. They developed their prototype at the Invent@SU invention accelerator this past summer and worked on their path to commercialization this academic year.

Farm to Flame, founded by William Lee Mendes McKnight ‘18, winner of the campus Hult Prize competition, was selected as Syracuse University’s alternate for the April ACC event.

The ACC’s 15 member universities come together once a year for the ACC InVenture Prize, with top student innovators competing “Shark Tank”-style before a live audience and panel of expert judges at an ACC campus.  At the April event in Atlanta, the top ACC team will win $15,000, the second-place team will receive $10,000, and $5,000 will go to the fan favorite, based on live text voting during the PBS-televised show. Five finalists will be selected in a semi-final round April 5 to compete in the televised finals on April 6.

In-spire will face off against teams from Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State, University of Notre Dame, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Wake Forest University.

Other finalists for the recent Syracuse University campus qualifier were:

  • Anything but Beer: team leader Brittany Berry (VPA), for a line of gluten-free alcoholic craft beverages;
  • Com Energy: team leader Tyler Vartabedian (Engineering & Computer Science), for a highway barrier-mounted vertical axis wind turbine to provide clean energy;
  • Drop Top: team leader Jason Kuperberg (Arts and Sciences) for a drip irrigation utilizing REVLAR, a waterproof, tear-proof, durable paper-thin material;
  • Farm to Flame: team leader William Lee Mendes McKnight (Arts and Sciences), for a biomass combustion system that can be used to power micro-grids in rural communities living in energy poverty;
  • Fibre Free: team co-leaders Serena Omo-Lamai and Charles Keppler (Engineering & Computer Science), for a laundry ball that traps microfibers, preventing them from entering aquifers and the atmosphere;
  • ModoScript: team leader David Zuleta (Arts and Sciences), for a Pill-Safe Digital Health System to address overdosing and underdosing;
  • WAYV: team leader Julia Dorie Haber (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications), for an immersive pop-up unit that will revolutionize the way brands interact with college students.

“Syracuse University continues to gain recognition for the number of students here who are engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly. “The ACC InVenture Prize competition is another great opportunity to showcase their good work at the national level. Congratulations to the In-Spire team who will proudly represent Syracuse at the finals—and to all the students who participated.”

“I’m delighted that the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries coordinated this campus-wide competition and provided extensive coaching and mentoring to the competitors,” said Dean of Libraries and University Librarian David Seaman. “We are very impressed by the strong and diverse slate of innovations that were developed by Syracuse University students.”

“We are incredibly proud of Kayla, Elizabeth, and all of the students who participated in the ACC InVenture Prize competition,” said Dean of Engineering and Computer Science Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg. “It is particularly exciting to see students who completed the Invent@SU invention accelerator program continue to be recognized as innovators. The skills they developed in Invent@SU—to design, prototype, and pitch a novel device—were on full display in this competition. I encourage all students to follow their example and take advantage of the resources offered by the Blackstone LaunchPad, Invent@SU, and the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem at SU.”

Presentation by Jeremy Ring ’92 on 2/21 cancelled

The presentation by Jeremy Ring ’92, who was scheduled to speak at Bird Library on Wednesday, February 21, has been cancelled. Jeremy lives in Parkland, Florida and has been deeply affected by the recent tragedy there. He needs to attend to matters with his family, friends, and community for the near future. We will try to arrange another time for Jeremy to return to campus.  Thank you for your understanding in this difficult time for Jeremy and his neighbors in Parkland.


Luz Perez is spring 2018 Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar

Luz Perez (’20), a triple major in Entrepreneurship, Accounting, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement, is this spring’s Blackstone Launchpad engagement scholar at Syracuse University. The engagement scholar position was created as a part of LaunchPad’s goal to increase social enterprise ventures across the campus.

Throughout her time at Syracuse, Perez has become interested in merging the campus community with the Syracuse city community in order to create impact and sustainability through social entrepreneurial efforts. Her involvement with a variety of departments and organizations both on and off campus has inspired her to focus on assessing community needs and finding solutions through interdisciplinary thinking (or interconnectivity of different groups).

As this semester’s Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar, Perez will assist professional staff in programming with a focus on social entrepreneurship and civic ventures. The goal is to encourage more students to think about and get engaged in civic entrepreneurship. She will be helping increase the participation and communication between students engaged in entrepreneurship across the campus, and organize and implement programs to include guest speakers, panels, workshops, and idea competitions.